I was under the impression writing my first novel was going to be the hardest part of writing a novel. Then, once it was written, the rest would be easy, right? Wrong. Reality Check! I have come to find writing my book was the easy part. Getting it published is going to be the hard part.
I was blessed with positive feedback the first time I showed my novel to publishing houses at a writing conference last year so my experience has been very positive but with so many people writing ebooks and many consumers buying them, it has changed the way the publishing industry has functioned for so long. All that to say, the publishing house who was interested in my middle grade book, Liberty Layne and the One-Girl Rebelution is undergoing so many changes they did not want to keep me continuing to wait while they decided what they were going to do. I was encouraged to seek other publishing houses in the mean time. Was I a little bummed? Yes but because I had not looked at any other publishing houses, I was actually excited to shop around and check out other publishing houses. But what I have come to discover is, most of the publishing houses I am interested in are not accepting unsolicited manuscripts. In author talk, this means if you don’t have an agent to solicit to the publishing houses, you can’t submit your manuscript. Reality Check, I need an agent.
So now, I start the search for an agent. How do I know if they are a good agent? And how do I even submit to an agent? Good question. I will let you know when I know!
What I do know is… this could get ugly, so I am strapping on my seatbelt and preparing for a bumpy ride.
Any advice on agent hunting? Have you gone through this process? I would love to hear your experience!